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Taoyuan seeking to prevent COVID infections among migrant workers

ROC Central News Agency

06/06/2021 03:32 PM

Taoyuan, June 6 (CNA) Taoyuan authorities plans to work with local companies that employ foreign workers to prevent COVID-19 infections among them after migrant workers with electronics companies in nearby counties came down with infections, the city's mayor said Sunday.

Taoyuan's plan is to "build a line of defense" against the ongoing spread of COVID-19, as the city sits between the current hotspots of Taipei and New Taipei, and Hsinchu and Miaoli, where three clusters have been identified, said Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦).

The city has come up with new guidelines on managing the more than 116,000 migrant workers there, including 25,000 caregivers and 90,000 who work in different sectors, he said.

The guidelines follow Ministry of Labor measures put in place Saturday, which included the suspension of transfers of migrant workers to different employers and of transfers of migrant workers to different factories within the same company.

The city's Department of Labor will check with companies in the next five days to see if they are following the guidelines, which also include staggered scheduling for meals, washing, and work hours, Cheng said.

There are nearly 400 company dormitories in Taoyuan that each accommodates 50 or more migrant workers, Cheng said, and common areas in these dormitories, such as sports facilities or karaoke rooms, should have prevention measures in place or be sealed off.

For the 16 companies that employ 500 or more migrant workers in Taoyuan, the city government will help them give the workers COVID-19 rapid tests, to be paid for by the companies, the mayor said.

The city government also plans to set up rapid testing sites in industrial parks in Taoyuan, a measure taken by the Hsinchu Science Park, which opened such a site on Saturday.

Hsinchu and Miaoli, home to many of Taiwan's largest technology companies, have discovered three cluster infections involving workers at electronics companies in the past couple of days.

As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 206 COVID-19 cases, involving mostly migrant workers and a few Taiwanese nationals, had been reported in the clusters at King Yuan Electronics Co., Greatek Electronics and Accton Technology Corp., according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.

Another 103 employees at King Yuan and 14 at Greatek Electronics have also tested positive after taking rapid tests, according to statistics released by the Miaoli County government on Sunday morning.

These people have been put into quarantine as they wait for the results of their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm whether they are indeed infected with COVID-19, according to the Miaoli County government.

(By Wu Jui-chi, Lu Kang-chun and Kay Liu)

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